Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Harrison, 17 November 1780

To Benjamin Harrison

In Council November 17th 1780.


At the request of the honorable Theodorick Bland I take the liberty of laying before the General Assembly the inclosed paper in which he states a difficulty which has arisen in reconciling his qualification as a delegate to the peculiar channel into which he had previously turned his private fortune.

From the inclosed extract of a Letter from our Delegates in Congress you will also perceive that they suffer some inconvenience from precarious remittances. Tho this be not within the line of our immediate care we have never been wanting in furnishing such facilities as we were able towards effecting remittances to them. But these we believe have been rendered irregular sometimes by the want of conveyance, and sometimes by the state of the treasury.

I have the honor to be with the most perfect respect Sir, Your most obedient & most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi); in a clerk’s hand, signed and addressed by TJ to Harrison as Speaker. Endorsed: “Governors Letter November 17th: 1780. Enclosing Extract of Colo: Blands-and from the Virginia Delegates. Novr: 18th: 1780. referred to Mr: Richard Henry Lee. Fleming. Starke.” Enclosures: (1) extract of Virginia Delegates in Congress to TJ, 5 Nov., printed above under date; (2) extract of a (missing) letter from Theodorick Bland to TJ, date not known.

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